Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.

168 Lots
Exchange rate
0.851 GBP1 Euro
1.237 USD1 Euro
  • Salor Trapping

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    • Lot1
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions69 x 199 cm
    • AgePre 1800
    • Result EUR43,920
    This large Salor trapping showing two davarza güls and the kejebe design is one of the oldest surviving pieces of its kind. It is datable to the 18th century or possibly earlier. The composition appears more spacious than that of other well-known examples (such as the Coury and Wiedersperg Salors), the davarza güls have a more distinctly vertical orientation than usual, and the eight characteristic cone shapes placed inside the latter are concentrically aligned towards the gül centre rather than being arranged in parallel lines, as seen in most other pieces. Another Salor trapping displaying the same features was published by Neugebauer and Orendi in 1909. Cut all around, parts of the border and the elem panel are missing. Heavily damaged, the pile is worn away.

    NEUGEBAUER, RUDOLF & ORENDI, JULIUS, Orientalische Teppichkunde. Leipzig 1909, pl. 14 *** SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Central-Asian Rugs. Frankfurt 1969, nos. 6 and 7 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington D.C. 1980, no. 14

  • Uzbek Hanging

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    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth Afghanistan
    • Dimensions36 x 122 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR769
    A knotted Uzbek trapping with a rare, ikat-style field design of three horizontal panels containing offset serrated diamonds in brown-red, white, midnight blue, sand yellow, light brown and light blue. The light blue motifs are worked in silk. Red stars adorn the narrow, blue-ground border. Slightly reduced at the bottom, otherwise in good condition.
  • Bakhtiari Horse Cover

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    • Lot7
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions159 x 136 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR1,708
    A horse cover by the Bakhtiari composed of two halves woven separately and joined at the centre of the field, in the typical mixed technique of piled horizontal stripes on a white kilim ground. The representation of stylised human figures in a frieze at the lower end suggests that the cover was probably made for a wedding. In the catalogue of the Philadelphia ICOC, a similar cover was attributed to the Qashqai. Completely preserved, good condition.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., Jr. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 283, p. 229

    • Lot8
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions203 x 155 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,100
    Two powerful sunburst medallions, separated along the centre by a narrow serrated horizontal band, almost completely fill the light red field. Coarsely woven and with wefts alternating between red and brown, this „Eagle Kazak“ was made in the Karabagh region. It formerly belonged to the Danker Collection, Wiesbaden. The original selvedges have been repaired in places, slightly reduced ends. Several old restored areas, in good overall condition.

    TABIBNIA, MOSHE, Kazak del XIX Seculo. Milan 1995, pl. 30

    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions223 x 169 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,880
    A rare Kazak that does not belong to any of the established design groups. The dark green abrashed field shows a central, salmon hexagon surrounded by diamonds in diverse colours. The extra-wide border area is composed of two main borders containing serrated diagonal leaves and arrow designs on a red and royal blue ground, accompanied by two reciprocal trefoil borders. Original finishes all around, heavily corroded brown, creases, low spots in the pile.
  • Azeri Kilim

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    • Lot13
    • OriginSouth Caucasus Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions255 x 190 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,769
    A large, single-panel slit tapestry woven in the southern Caucasus, with a dense, hermetical repeat of hexagons in constantly changing colours enclosing diamonds whose outlines are decorated with polygons. The narrow, white-ground border merges with the field design at the long sides, whereas it is set off from the field by a red-and-white dividing line at the narrow sides. Several stains and darned areas. The warp threads have been braided into wide plaits at both ends.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot17
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions256 x 155 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR4,880
    This Ningxia pillar rug, originally made for one of the monasteries in the west of China, shows a rare form of the dragon with feathers at the end of its tail. The example illustrated by Herrmann is drawn in the same style, but less detailed in ornamentation, and may therefore date from a later period. Obvious signs of wear, the pile is badly worn in places, reduced at the upper end.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 8. Munich 1986, no. 120

  • Tibetan Meditation Mat

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    • Lot18
    • OriginSouth Tibet
    • Dimensions40 x 69 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR610
    A very small meditation mat with a chequerboard design in beige and dark brown surrounded by a meander border. Slight signs of wear, edged with an old fabric all around.
  • Ningxia Fragment

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    • Lot19
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions163 x 68 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR427
    Fragment of a bench runner with an offset arrangement of cloud medallions on a golden yellow field and a salmon border of drop-shaped pearls. Such long bench runners were often cut into sections before export from China, and new outer borders were added to make the fragments appear like complete rugs. Full pile preserved.

    LARSSON JR., LENNART, Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet. London 1988, no. 51

  • Chinese Silk Embroidery

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    • Lot20
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions103 x 145 cm
    • Age18th / 19th century
    • Result EUR2,562
    A precious silk textile composed of two panels, with a mirror image design finely embroidered in silk and gold thread. Twelve small circular dragon medallions have been placeed at the centre; the upper and lower ends show wide friezes in which two large dragons with golden bodies, curled like snakes, chase a flaming pearl that floats in front of them. They are flying through clouds above a foaming sea surrounding sacred Mount Meru. The absence of borders along the sides may mean that the textile originally belonged to a longer pictorial panel. The sides have been edged with a wide trim of gold brocade. Very good condition.